The unparalleled value of good health is celebrated on World Health Day on April 7th. The day is used to highlight physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and is celebrated all over the world on this day.
World Health Day 2021
This year we will be invited to join the campaign to build a fairer and healthier world. COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives than others. This is because they have better access to health services than others. This is entirely down to the conditions in which they are born in to, grow up in, live, work and their age.
All over the world, groups of people have different daily struggles. Whether its struggling to make ends meet, have poor housing conditions, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, or less access to health services. All of these lead to different levels of suffering, illness and poor mental health.
Here at Incorpore, we believe that everyone should have equal opportunities and everyone should have access to tools to better their lifestyle. This is why we offer a range of wellbeing services at a discount; making them more accessible to more people.
World Health Day comes around once a year, however you should take care of your health and wellness all year round! This isn’t easy when you’re busy or stressed, but finding simple ways to look after your health should be one of your top priorities.
Here are some top tops on how to protect your health:
Do you lead an active lifestyle? Leading an active lifestyle doesn’t only impact your physical health, but also your mental health! Exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases. These include type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It can also improve your mental health. It can change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, increase the release of endorphins and reduce stress hormones. Don’t panic if you’re not naturally inclined to go to the gym – you can still exercise without a treadmill! One of the best things you can do is add some physical activity into your daily routine. This could be a 30-minute walk, cycling to work, or an online workout in your front room! The government recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week to start seeing benefits!
Eating well means eating a healthy and balanced diet. You’ve no doubt heard the expression ‘you are what you eat’. Research suggests that what you eat can have an impact on your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Try to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. These include fruit, vegetables, grains, protein-sense foods (such as seafood, lean meat and eggs), and oils. Also try to limit unhealthy food groups, such as saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars and sodium. Be wary of processed foods, high-sugar snacks, and adding salt to meals. It’s not all about food; it’s also important to think about what drinks we consume. Try to increase your water intake, whilst decreasing sugar-based or fizzy drinks. Alcohol should only be consumed in moderation too. Although the occasional beverage could do not harm, bear in mind that alcohol can have a big impact on both your physical and mental health.
LEARN ABOUT YOUR GENETIC DISEASE PREDISPOSITIONS AND CURRENT HEALTH
Your genetic make up plays a big part in your health. So if you’re looking to improve or just look after your general health and wellness, learning more about your DNA or blood biomarkers could make a big difference. One of the easiest ways to do this is to book a health assessment. These assessments can uncover things about your health you may never have thought about before! If you’re already aware of hereditary health conditions in your family, a health assessment is the perfect way to educate yourself on your current state of health and ways to improve it.